Twenty years ago, the Pentagon opened the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Today, it continues to hold nearly 40 men there at a per capita cost of $13 million / year.

Would you rather see our federal resources spent on medicine than human rights abuses?

I’m running for Congress to force Washington to address issues that both parties have instead chosen to ignore. President Obama pledged to close Guantanamo over a decade ago, yet the facility absurdly remains open.

The bipartisan consensus enabling the Washington war machine is what drove me to seek political office in the first place. Long before ever considering serving in Congress, I explained the horrors of indefinite detention on behalf of Witness Against Torture at an event commemorating a previous anniversary of the Guantanamo Bay detention & torture facility.

Too many voices in Washington remain beholden to the military-industrial complex instead of human rights.

Would you like to be represented in Congress by a longstanding advocate for human rights & civil liberties who fought Washington under both Bush and Obama?

Many voices pretend that the problems in our country are partisan. And while the GOP is increasingly committed to open fascism, it would reflect ignorance of how fascism works to imagine that Democrats have not proven repeatedly complicit in it.

I pay too much attention to policy to be distracted by partisan noise. That’s why I’ve long seen through the ruse of Democratic Party politics, and also why I’ve spent decades fighting bipartisan corruption in the capital.

Can you join us today to help finally bring indefinite detention in military custody to an end?

Every Member of Congress swears an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

Most don’t understand our Constitution well enough to fulfill that oath.

I do, however, and began following it long before running for office. With your support, I hope to make the oath of office mean something, and to help stop the next war before it starts.

Thanks for standing with me, and with human rights!

Yours,

Shahid